If you have ever tried to quit smoking but can't, have strong cravings to smoke, find it difficult to concentrate or are irritable because you didn't smoke — then you are addicted to nicotine. This is a physical addiction that changes your body chemistry so that you feel this way when you don't smoke. It can be hard to stop, but quitting is one of the best decisions you will ever make. You may have to try many times before you do it. Never say "I can't." Keep trying.
There are things you can do to help yourself quit smoking:
The symptoms of withdrawal from nicotine may be intense, especially during the first 72 hours after your last use of tobacco. When you stop smoking, you may have withdrawal symptoms such as:
The effects of nicotine withdrawal are different for each person. The symptoms gradually get better over the next few weeks or months. Hang in there. Most people no longer feel the effects of withdrawal 6 to 8 weeks after quitting.
When the withdrawal symptoms go away you will start feeling better and better. You will:
You can learn to live without cigarettes in your daily life. You can quit and quit for good.